I was watching my son reason with his two year old daughter the other day. I was proud of the way he talked with her as a person, working to teach her how to think about the things she was doing. They were working a puzzle and he would say, “Now do you think that those colors go together? Does the edge of the puzzle go there or should you think of it as the border?” She would think and try a number of ways to place a piece in the puzzle and each time he would ask another question as to what she thought about where the piece should fit. He never said no to her but only, “Do you think that goes there?”
After my son moved on to other things she would work and work on the puzzle, using the questions he had asked to think about the right way in which to put the puzzle pieces together. What decisions are the right decisions? After we have thought about the facts and the options, we make our decision and then bear the results in our life experience.
I think of that great verse in Philippians 2:12 “Therefore, my friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
When my granddaughter finished the puzzle, we all clapped and cheered because of a good result. The picture in the puzzle was revealed with clarity because all of the pieces were in their proper place. I think the Lord will cheer and clap when we finish thinking, deciding, and experiencing His best as we run the race marked out for us in life.
The puzzle is a metaphor for putting all things created together at the right time, at the right place, for the right reasons. God is trying to get his creation to think about the decisions they make. Adam and Eve made bad decisions related to his will for their lives. The result was sin and a break in the communion they had with God.
God’s greatest desire is for us to bring our lives in tune with the purposes for which we are created. God’s agenda for us is just like my son’s agenda for his daughter. Think about your life and the decisions you make. Are they made with the purpose of living life the way God has created us to live.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 Listen to the voice of God. Think about his plan for your life.
There are three primary decisions we make in life that act as the coat rack for all of the other decisions. They are:
1. Who are we going to live for?
2. Who are we going to live with(the choosing of our life’s mate)?
3. What are we going to do as our life’s work?
Those decisions have three elements. First: The decision is made by your will. Second: The decision determines the way or the path you will take to be productive. Third: The decision is validated when you walk according to the determinations of your decision.
In my book “More Than Volunteers” you will find an analysis of how this affects your personal life decision making process, your contribution to leadership, parenthood, and service in life to society. You will see how you can think about decision making for your own personal life and enhance your skill to counsel others to do the same.